BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday visited Health and fitness Minister Basic Eduardo Pazuello, who has COVID-19, and produced his position that the illness is effortless to get better promptly from with the assist of the controversial drug chloroquine.
The two men chatted and joked without the need of carrying masks in Pazuello’s hotel area, noticed in a video clip posted on social media by the president, who recovered from a bout of COVID-19 in July.
Bolsonaro, who has minimized the gravity of the coronavirus and opposed lockdown actions by governors and mayors in Brazil, utilised the conference to advocate the early use of anti-malaria drug chloroquine, even nevertheless experts say it is no heal and in clinical trials chloroquine and the linked drug hydroxychloroquite have unsuccessful to demonstrate a advantage in managing COVID-19,
“This is one more concrete case of someone who took chloroquine and it worked,” Bolsonaro mentioned. “This is an option, when physicians prescribe it.”
Pazuello, an active-obligation Military typical, explained he felt weary on Sunday, but went to do the job on Monday and felt even worse that night, with complications and fever. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 the next day.
With Pazuello, roughly fifty percent of Bolsonaro’s 23-member Cupboard have now caught COVID-19, besides the president and the 1st lady.
Reporting by Anthony Boadle